It's only been a couple of days, but the effort to help home owners affected by a flood on the south end of Rosedale last weekend has begun.
"Case managers from the (Alberta) Disaster Recovery Program came down yesterday (Mar. 21) and met with the residents that identified themselves so far as being affected by Sunday's water levels," reported Greg Peters, Drumheller's Director of Protective Services. "There may be a couple more people that have identified themselves since and we'll work with them as well."
At least four properties on Highway 10X, also known as the Wayne Road, were flooded last weekend when an ice jam caused the Rosebud River to back up. One of them was then destroyed by a fire late Monday night.
Drumheller Town Hall is acting as a go-between for the property owners and the provincial government.
"If somebody has a bill, they've hired someone to do some work to help remediate damage to their residence; people's time, to a degree, may be recoverable; things that are essential to someone's work such as a laptop or computer, things like that," explained Peters. "There are things that people may not consider to be eligible, but we won't know until we ask."
"It isn't a difficult process, but it'll be quite a lot of hoops to jump through and things that we have to satisfy to help get compensation and we just hope we can work it through to help the residents that were affected recover some of their losses."